Application Guidelines

Registration

Candidates are requested to fill out the registration form completely and accurately and to send it to IDM electronically, together with the rest of the application material. It is only possible to apply for ONE section of the program. Applications sent by post or via e-mail will not be accepted.

Application Documents

Please submit the following application material which varies for each section.

Writers’ Room-section in cooperation with Lieblingsfilm:

Applicants shall submit:

– A CV and filmography:  2 pages max.

– A letter of motivation:  1 page max.

The letter should indicate why the writer wants to participate in the RACCONTI IDM Script Lab in the Writers’ Room as a staff writer, taking the following aspects into consideration: the Writers’ Room approach, the applicant’s ability to work as a staff writer, and the cross-cultural aspect of RACCONTI.

– A short text about fear or anxiety. Can be an essay, anecdote, a list, anything: 2 pages max.

– A relevant work sample ( 20 pages max.): preferably a screenplay of an episode of a TV series, alternatively, a TV series concept or a screenplay for a feature film (only one work sample is accepted).

Digital Think Tank:

Applicants shall submit:

– CV & filmography: 2 pages max.

– Letter of motivation: 1 page max.

– For writers: Work sample (written): 10 pages max. – can be an excerpt from a screenplay for a TV series or a feature film or a short film (only one work sample admitted).

– For writers/directors: An additional work sample (visual): Digital series, feature or short film, TV movies or episodes (only one work sample admitted)

– Creative Challenge: 1 page max. Please tell us:

Which film or book would you like to adapt into a digital series? Why do you feel this story would better be told in a digital format and how would you do it? Who would be your target group?

Language

All application material must be submitted in English. Since the working language in the Writers’ Room and in the Digital Think Tank will be English, excellent English skills are required.

Deadline

The application deadline is 29th July, 2018 (midnight).

Project Partner of the Writers’ Room-section

The project partner of the Writers’ Room-section for the 7th RACCONTI IDM Script Lab is the German production company Lieblingsfilm GmbH.

Please note, that in the Writers’ Room-section our project partner is responsible for the final selection of participating staff writers and for compensating these writers at an industry-standard rate.

Experts of the Digital Think Tank

The experts of the Digital Think Tank section are the producers Wiktor Piatkowski (Bahama Films), Mathieu van de Velde (Black Sheep Films) and Kristian Costa-Zahn (Endemol Shine Beyond) as well as other guest lecturers.

Selection Process

IDM will send all candidates an acknowledgment of receipt for the application documents, which will then be formally reviewed. Applications which do not meet the specified requirements will not be accepted.

Selection for the Writers’ Room-section in cooperation with Lieblingsfilm:

The production company and IDM will invite a pre-selection of candidates to interviews at the end of August, 2018 in Munich.

IDM will inform the writers invited to interviews Mid-August. Please note that travel costs can not be covered for the candidates. The producers in charge at Lieblingsfilm will conduct these interviews together with the head writer of the Writers’ Room, Jana Burbach.

Following this process, the production company will select the staff writers who will then be invited by IDM to participate in the RACCONTI IDM Script Lab #7. The criteria for selection are the professional and creative aptitude of the individual writers and the composition of the participants for the Writers‘ Room. Reasons for selection or non-selection will not be disclosed.

Selection for the Digital Think Tank:

The partnering production companies and IDM will invite a pre-selection of candidates to skype-interviews in early September 2018. The producers Wiktor Piatkowski and Mathieu van de Velde will conduct these interviews together with an IDM representative.

Following this process, the producers and IDM will select the staff writers who will then be invited by IDM to participate in the RACCONTI IDM Script Lab #7. The criteria for selection are the professional and creative aptitude of the individual writers and the composition of the participants for the Digital Think Tank. Reasons for selection or non-selection will not be disclosed.

Notification of Participants

IDM will notify the candidates who are being invited to participate in both sections of the RACCONTI IDM Script Lab #7 until September 10, 2018.

Participation in the RACCONTI IDM Script Lab #7

The selected participants of both sections will be invited to participate in the RACCONTI IDM Script Lab. The Script Lab comprises two one-week sessions, which will take place in South Tyrol and will be organized exclusively for the participants. Session 1 takes place from October 1-6, session 2 from November 24-29, 2018.

Both sections of the program take place at the same time. Guest lectures by experts will be held for all participants in the big group and will conclude the sessions.

Between and after these sessions participants of both sections will be working on their project/s.

The results of both sections are expected to be reached by January 2019.

Alternative Participants

If one of the selected writers is not able to participate in one of the sections of the RACCONTI IDM Script Lab #7, the creative team of the Writers’ Room-section or the digital think tank will select another writer to take their place.

Closing Event

Following the writing phase after the second session an industry event will conclude the RACCONTI program. At this event in early 2019, yet to be announced, all projects developed in the Racconti Script Lab will be presented to the industry and all writers can make use of the networking opportunities that IDM will provide at this event.

Objective

The objective of the RACCONTI #7 program, organized by IDM Südtirol / Alto Adige, is to foster talented writers from Italian and German speaking regions and to help them develop high-quality stories that are suitable to be realized as European co-productions and can reach international audiences. The focus of the workshop will be on TV series and, for the first time, digital series – hence the the motto “Split Screen”. In 2018, in one section the well tested Writers‘ Room method will be practically taught through the development work in collaboration with a production company that aims for international co-productions and has already shot in the region. In the other section, Racconti expands its scope to digital series, in collaboration with 3 production companies and also reaches out for directors to participate in this think tank. The participation of international writers and experts and the collaboration with production companies will increase the likelihood of film productions coming to the region, thereby contributing to the advancement of the film infrastructure of the region. The RACCONTI initiative is designed to promote the development of the local film industry and of South Tyrol as a film location in the long term.